It's a brave new world for North City Cricket Club as they approach the club season with confidence.
The Twenty20 competition started on Labour Weekend with a number of one-dayers also to be played before Christmas.
After a major review of club cricket in Wellington, the new competition includes premier and reserve grades, each with 13 clubs.
North City coach Duncan Murray says they have been training for 10 weeks, with plenty of enthusiasm from the old hands through to young players. The revamped competition may be causing a lot of comment, but his players need only concern themselves with scoring runs, taking wickets and holding catches, he says.
"When we get it going, we will be competitive, there are explosive players at this club. There's been really good turnouts at trainings, and a great mix and camaraderie. With a real young feel to the place, it's easy to get that injection of enthusiasm," says Murray.
Michael Pollard is the new captain, with previous skipper Russell Kyne only available part-time this season. Pollard will often be on Firebirds duty with other reps Mark Gillespie, Tipene Friday and newcomer Dane Hutchinson, but Murray says they have plenty of experience to call on.
Raj Chawla, Nick Walters, Craig Shanks, Russell Pepperell and Hamish Kyne will be the core of the premier team, while young players coming through from the colleges will bulk out the reserve grade side.
After four Twenty20 games over Labour Weekend, this competition takes a break. North City play Collegians in the first one-day round this Saturday at Linden.
UPDATE: North City had a tough introduction to the new season, losing all four of their T20 games over the weekend.
- Kapi-Mana News